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Lee PhamLee specializes in the value of invention. He is Director of Intellectual Property Strategy at American Express, responsible for corporate integration of intellectual property as a business asset.

The Intellectual Property Strategy team is a part of the Corporate Development and M&A organization at American Express. In his role, Lee drives corporate awareness of intellectual property by coordinating with the General Counsel's Office, business leaders, technologists and others from across the enterprise. By aligning with these key stakeholders, Lee and his team identify disruptive capabilities, strategically monetize IP assets, manage defensive IP investments and ensure freedom of operation for the company.

Lee is a graduate of the Cardozo School of Law in New York City. While pursuing a J.D. with a concentration in intellectual property, Lee worked as a legal intern at American Express. Lee was also a summer associate at a Vietnamese law firm upon being selected as an International Legal Practice Intern by the Center for International Legal Studies and supported by Cardozo's International Corporate & Intellectual Property Fellowship. During the same period, he participated in two overseas seminars: Introduction to Law in India and Comparative Corporate Governance at Oxford University. Lee's J.D. thesis, Seeing Human Rights in 3(d): Modeling India's Controversial Patent Law to Improve Access to Medicines in Vietnam, addressed the intersection of patent policy and access to medicine in developing countries. Lee also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University.

Lee was a 2012-2014 Young Lawyer Fellow in the New York State Bar Association's IP Law Section, where he developed a social media strategy for the section. Additionally, he served on recent delegations to Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Malaysia with the Far East Practice Committee of the American IP Law Association, focused on IP policy and best practices. Lee's civic and community engagements have included voter protection and volunteering with the Big Brothers / Big Sisters Workplace Mentor program at American Express. He is also a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi.

Lee tweets about invention, intellectual property commerce and other interests at @InventiveLee.